Writing and Editing a Research Report
- Grade level: Middle School, High School
- Subject Area: Science, Language Arts
Students write and peer edit research reports on global warming
and the Greenhouse Effect.
- Practice writing skills through the process of writing and revising their reports.
- Synthesize their understanding of the concepts of global warming.
- Give parents and community members the opportunity to view and share students' work.
Materials and Resources
In developing our lessons and activities, we made some
assumptions about the hardware
and software that would be available in the classroom for teachers who visit the
LETSNet Website. We assume that teachers using our Internet-based lessons or
activities have a computer
(PC or Macintosh) with the necessary hardware components (mouse, keyboard, and
monitor) as well as software (operating system, TCP/IP software, networking or
software, e-mail and a World Wide Web client program, preferably Netscape, but
Mosaic or Lynx). In the section below, we specify any "special"
requirements for a lesson or activity (in addition to those described above)
and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.
hardware requirements: None.
- Special software requirements: None.
- Internet access: None.
- Students create rough drafts of their global warming reports. These reports should
include data gathered from the Internet such as what scientific evidence there is for
global warming, how global warming might affect human beings, what can be done to
prevent future global warming, and to what extent the Greenhouse Effect may be influencing
our weather. Students can include graphical images of the visualizations they created
as part of their research in their final reports.
- Students pair up to peer-edit each other's drafts prior to teacher editing.
- Students create final drafts, incorporating comments from their peer-editor and teacher.
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